The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team got its 2007 fall season underway on Friday at the seventh annual H.E.B. Baylor Invitational at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Badgers had four participants in the Mens Open Singles A Draw and a doubles team competing in the Mens Open Doubles A Draw. Three of the four individuals along with the doubles team advanced past the first round.
The Badgers were led by sophomore Moritz Baumann (Inzlingen, Germany). Baumann, who entered the tournament ranked No. 49 in the FILA/Intercollegiate Tennis Associations national rankings, has advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Entering as the No. six seed in the tournament, Baumann defeated Matt Bain of Texas AM 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. He then proceeded to beat David Costa of Texas-Arlington in the round of 32. Baumann will face Denes Lukas of host-Baylor tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Lukas made it to the quarterfinals by defeating UW sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor (Westport, Conn.).
Rassow-Kantor was stopped in the second round by Lukas by a score of 6-4, 6-4. This was a reversal for Rassow-Kantor as in the first round he defeated Christian Rojmar of Texas Tech by the same score.
The third Badger to advance to the second round was senior Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.). Sonkin entered the tournament ranked No. 87 but was pushed to three sets in the opening round. Facing Dimitry Minkin of Texas-Arlington, Sonkin won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second set 3-6. Sonkin was able to persevere though as he won the decisive third set by a score of 6-1. The 14th seed in the tournament, Sonkin again had to endure three sets in round two, but the outcome proved to be unkind. After losing the opening set 4-6, Sonkin rebounded by winning set two 6-4. He was unable to keep the momentum going though as Minkin swept the final set 0-6 to advance.
The other Badger to compete in this weekends tournament was senior Nolan Polley. The Lexington, Ky. Native entered the tournament ranked No. 101, but was bounced in the first round by Jordan Rux of Baylor. Rux cruised to a first set victory at 6-1. Polley fought hard in the second set but lost on a tiebreaker 7-6.
Baumann and Polley paired up as the lone doubles team for UW. The duo was able to down the doubles team of Kayvon Karimi and Brad Williams of Texas AM 8-5. At press time, results had not been posted from their second round match. If successful, the team will play again Saturday morning at 8:15.